It’s refreshing to note that Data sourcing and vizualization is making an impact in conflict zones. Here are a couple of very interesting points in this reading.
First, development of platforms that aggregate conflict zone data is making a significant impact in changing perceptions of war. Second, sources of data are vast; from mobile phones, satellites (which are not subject to sharing regulations) to physical “sensors” like trees, plants, floor or wall marks that record damage in conflict. Few people or research organizations are aggregating them to send a message, but it is meaningful and valuable work which is catching on.
Online platforms enable the user to explore all the data compiled in a database. For Weizman, it has allowed him to simplify a very big, complicated yet personal conflict to get a message across.